MATTHEW Wright continued to enjoy the license to shoot from coach Ariel Vanguardia as he fired away in Phoenix’s 97-82 loss to Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The rookie forward took 29 attempts and made just 10 for a 34 percent from the field – but even so, it hardly dampened his confidence.
“I believe I can make every shot,” Wright said. “Today, I missed a lot of uncharacteristic shots, but I can’t stop being aggressive because I missed some shots here and there.”
“Maybe I forced a couple of shots,” he admitted. “But I just try my best, especially rebounding the ball, and trying to get my teammates involved.”
“It’s just one of those days,” the 6-foot-4 Filipino-Canadian continued. “I felt like there was a lid on the rim today.”
Despite his poor shooting percentage, Wright still ended up with a game-high 26 points on top of 12 boards, five assists, and three steals in 38 minutes as a starter.
“I’m just trying to score as much as possible to give us a chance every night,” said Wright, who came in as the top-scoring rookie with over 17 points per game. “If it comes out to be twenty, thirty, forty, or less than ten, it doesn’t matter as long as I’m efficient, which I wasn’t today.”
“So you can chalk that loss to me,” he added. I’ll take the blame for that.”
That’s because instead of gaining a piece of second spot, the Fuel Masters dropped to fifth spot in a tie with Blackwater.
“There’s nothing to be satisfied about,” Wright said. “We blew our chance to get to second place and now we’re in a dogfight the next three games.”
“You don’t get a lot of opportunities like that especially when there’s only three or four games left,” he added. “Everyone’s so close together in the middle. I really wish we could have that game back.”